Announcing: VLF is Partnering with VAACE to Hold Joint Conference

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Hospitality House and Conference Center, Fredericksburg

Dear Colleagues: PLEASE NOTE – The next VLF Conference will NOT be held in February/March of 2018.

We are proud to announce that this fall, the VLF (Virginia Literacy Foundation) and VAACE (Virginia Association for Adult and Continuing Education) are partnering to offer a joint conference in Fredericksburg, VA on November 1-2, 2017. This exciting joint venture, whose theme is Collective Impact, provides administrators and educators with the opportunity to attend more workshops, meet colleagues from all over the state with a wider background, and see more vendors. Workshops for CBLO staff and administraters will be offered, alongside workshops for public programs.

Before registering for the conference, CBLO staff will have the opportunity to apply to the VLF for conference reimbursements similar to the VLF Conference reimbursements. As we plan the conference, we will keep the VAACE (https://vaace.org/2016-vaace-conference/) and VLF Conference (https://vllc.wordpress.com/) websites updated. Hotel reservations:Hospitality House, Fredericksburg (https://reservations.travelclick.com/15003?groupID=1792808).

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This announcement will be updated with news as it happens.

Awards Ceremony and Wrap-Up, Friday Afternoon

Despite the snow, over 80% of registrants attended this year’s conference. While there was some glitches – not all the hotel staff could drive in during the early morning to have the rooms ready by 3 PM, the energy was upbeat. More importantly, only two presenters could not make it and we canceled only one workshop! This year’s award winners were:

The Paul M. Angell Family Foundation for Outstanding Support of Adult Literacy Programs in Virginia. Accepting the award was Elsa Angell, former Executive Director of the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia and current Virginia Literacy Foundation board member.

Elsa Angell (l) and Jeannie Baliles

Elsa Angell (l) and Jeannie Baliles

Ellen Moore Osborne from LV of Charlottesville/Albemarle was the recipient of the Nancy Jiranek Award for Outstanding Executive Director of a Nonprofit Adult Literacy Program in Virginia

Ellen Moore Osborne accepts the Nancy Jiranek Award from Jeannie Baliles

Ellen Moore Osborne accepts the Nancy Jiranek Award from Jeannie Baliles

Keynote speaker Sharon Taylor, the Director of Academic Advising for the College of Business and teaches Professional Enhancement and Career Development, spoke about a strength-based approach to career development using Appreciative Inquiry. This approach, which focuses on students’ strengths, talents, skills, and abilities helps them discover who they are, where they are going, and how they are going to get there.

Sharon Taylor talks about appreciative inquiry.

Sharon Taylor talks about appreciative inquiry.

After lunch, participants stayed for round table discussions:

Kate Daly and Patti Donnelly discuss pre-PluggedInVA, a Career Pathways program for low level literate adults

Kate Daly and Patti Donnelly discuss pre-PluggedInVA, a Career Pathways program for low level literate adults

Jeffrey Elmore and Michael Nusbaum answer questions about GED 2014.

Jeffrey Elmore and Michael Nusbaum answer questions about GED 2014.

Barbara Gibson (l), manager of the VALRC, listens in as Hillary Major discusses College and Career Readiness Standards and exactly how the standards can be applied to our lowest level adult learners.

Barbara Gibson (l), manager of the VALRC, listens in as Hillary Major discusses College and Career Readiness Standards and exactly how the standards can be applied to our lowest level adult learners.

The READ Center describes how and why the organization created a Student Help book. From left to right:

Three READ Center staff describe how and why the organization created a Student Help book. From left to right: Valerie Harper, Katie Simmons, and Valerie Miller.

Detail of the student help book (on the left), as opposed to densely worded script on the right.

Detail of the student help book (on the left), as opposed to densely worded script on the right.

Registration for the 2015 VLF Conference is now open

Sheraton Park SouthThe VLF Conference committee is now accepting registrations for the 2015 VLF Conference.

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Please note the following deadlines

  • Early registration ends January 9, 2015. Registration fees will rise after that date.
  • Conference rates for rooms end on February 4, 2015. Room fees will rise after that date. The VLF will only reimburse up to the conference rate.

We will be adding additional presenter information weekly to the blog.

Save the Dates! The 2015 Conference is scheduled for February 26 & 27

logobookonly This year’s VLF Conference will be held on February 26 and 27 at the Four Points Sheraton in Richmond for Virginia’s nonprofit literacy organizations. Last year’s conference was bigger than ever, and this year we plan to provide enough workshop rooms to accommodate that growth. Registration will start officially in November.

Until then, we will provide regular updates on this blog! Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions.

Ginger Hilleary and Mary Cragun, Conference Chairs
Victoire Sanborn, Literacy Specialist,VLF

Email: vjsanbor@vcu.edu

Don’t miss!

Opening speaker, Dr. Anita Prince, who will facilitate an exciting 2-hour workshop demonstrating contextualized instruction. Workshops on

  • student recruitment and retention,
  • a demonstration of videos that explicitly teach low level students how to create a microsoft document or excell spreadsheet,
  • a Q&A session with Virginia’s GED administrator and training for GED teachers available through VALRC,
  • a successful approach to teaching multi-level learners (from the very lowest literacy level on up) using professional staff and tutors,
  • how Goodwill’s job training and education programs and adult literacy organizations can find ways to collaborate with each other to benefit their students,
  • using apps and mobile devices to help students practice the skills they learned in the classroom,
  • finding facts and statistics to use in grants and regional presentations, and
  • how an E.D. and Board Chair can work positively on their communication skills to strengthen their programs.

Nancy Jiranek, Literacy Champion, Dies

Each year during the VLLC Conference, the Nancy Jiranek Award for Outstanding Director in an Adult Literacy Program is given to an Executive Director who embodies all the qualities that Nancy Jiranek pioneered when she founded the Danville Reading Center in 2004. In honor of Mrs. Jiranek, her family donated a substantial amount of money to the Virginia Literacy Foundation in 2008 to award an E.D. deserving of the honor.  One week before her stroke, Mrs. Jiranek requested directions to the Sheraton Park South. She did not want to miss the ceremony! Nancy was able to attend 3 of the 5 ceremonies, and for that we are grateful.

Last year, Dr. Bill Jiranek, her son and Board member of the Virginia Literacy Foundation, spoke eloquently about his mother and her work on behalf of the adults who needed literacy services in the Danville region. Mrs. Jiranek’s determination and enthusiasm spread beyond the boundaries of her region, influencing directors statewide. What a legacy she has left us! Her absence will create a vacuum in our quest to address illiteracy in the Commonwealth, and her role will not easily be filled.

Thank you Nancy Jiranek for all you have done on behalf of a more literate Virginia and the adult students for whom you worked so eloquently and so hard. You will be missed by us all.

Carolyn Meeks, Lynchburg Literacy Council, after receiving the 5th annual Nancy Jiranek Award for Outstanding Executive Director

Nancy Jiranek Award Recipients:

  • 2012: Carolyn Meeks, Lynchburg Literacy Council
  • 2011: Kim Sells, Literacy Volunteers of Prince William County
  • 2010: Janet Booth and Linda Richardson, Eastern Shore Literacy Council
  • 2009: Annette Loschert, Literacy Volunteers of Roanoke Valley (Now Blue Ridge Literacy)
  • 2008: Patricia Donnelly, Literacy Council of Northern Virginia